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VIDEO: West Papua's struggle for self-determination. Scott Burchill and Herman Wanggai (11 Sep 2010)
Australian Institute of International Affairs - At this Australian Institute of International Affairs event - which Indonesian Government officials tried to stop - political commentator and academic Dr Scott Burchill and West Papuan organiser Herman Wanggai talk about West Papua's fight for self-determination.

Killing of a journalist in Papua explained as suicide by local police (8 Sep 2010)
Asian Human Rights Commission - The Asian Human Rights Commission has been informed about the killing of a journalist and human rights defender in Merauke, Papua, Indonesia. Mr. Ardiansyah Matra'is (25 years old) was found dead on July 30, 2010 floating naked in the Maro River after he disappeared two days previously. Several journalists received intimidating SMS (short message service) in the weeks before the killing. Unofficial police reports have indicated that his ribs were broken and his lungs filled with water.

Maire Leadbeater criticises New Zealand’s approach to the provision of aid to Indonesia, and calls for respect for the wishes of the West Papuan people (7 Sep 2010)
New Zealand International Review - New Zealand’s diplomacy with respect to Indonesian-controlled West Papua, especially in light of its aid to the Indonesian military and to the police in West Papua, has worrying aspects. The Indonesian military is not yet accountable to the civilian authority, and both the police and the military in West Papua have a grievous record of human rights violations. Although the New Zealand government view is that we are supporting reform of these institutions, New Zealand’s aid instead supports the status quo and ongoing repression. A more constructive role for New Zealand would be that of a facilitator in a peaceful dialogue between Jakarta and West Papuan representatives.

West Papua Report September 2010 (6 Sep 2010)
WPAT / ETAN - More than a score of international non-governmental organizations called on President Yudhoyono to release Papuan Political Prisoners in commemoration of Indonesia's August 17 Independence Day. Although the President did release and reduce sentences for convicted terrorists and common criminals on the national day, he did not respond to the appeal regarding political prisoners. The Indonesian Government has banned activities by Cordaid, a Dutch humanitarian organization that has aided poor Papuans for over three decades. The action is reminiscent of the Indonesian Government's banning of International Committee of The Red Cross in West Papua in 2009. The Indonesian Commission on Human Rights and Papuan churches have urged the Indonesian government to reconsider its security approach in the Puncak Jaya region and address the growing violence there, including attacks on churches. The Indonesian government is under growing pressure to investigate the mysterious murder of a journalist in Merauke. Local police claim he committed suicide. The murdered journalist had built a reputation on investigation of illegal military businesses. The murder comes at a time of growing tension in the area as corporate interests seek to develop a massive food plantation. A video circulating widely on YouTube reveals the final moments of a Papuan bayoneted while in custody as he is taunted by the police.

Ambassador of Vatican to attend Timika Cathedral inauguration (6 Sep 2010)
ANTARA News - Vatican`s ambassador to Indonesia Mgr Leopoldo Girelli will attend a function inaugurating the Three King cathedral in Timika, Papua on October 7 2010, bishop Mgr John Philip Saklil Pr said here Sunday.